From Puyallup to Pendleton, and everywhere in between, the Northwest is the place to be! Cowgirls and cowboys are on the home stretch of the 2022 PRCA season and have reached the Northwest run- or maybe we should say sprint! As the season draws near and the bubble gets tighter, every run and check is more important than ever.
With nail-biting competitions, it is also one of the best times of the year to be a rodeo fan. As the air begins to cool and early signs of Autumn set in, rodeo fans have the treat of experiencing many unique rodeos. From running on the grass in Pendleton to the historic Ellensburg arena, the sights are endless!
Committees of the Horse Haven Roundup, Walla Walla Frontier Days, Lewiston Roundup, and the Pendleton Roundup banded together almost 75 years ago to create the Big 4 Rodeo Association. This association creates a special bond between committees, contestants, and fans, drawing attention nationwide.
Like all rodeo committees, these committees take great pride in their organization’s past, present, and future. Lewiston Roundup’s committee member Tracy Hammond described the feeling of being involved in the Northwest rodeos, particularly her hometown Roundup in Lewiston, “I still feel like a 10-year-old kid, giddy with excitement every time the rodeo comes to town…Those professional cowboys and cowgirls were my heroes and they still are…I just want to see that energy and nostalgia live on and get passed down to the next generation.”
As the weather continues to cool down and the competition heats up, rodeo fans are in for a treat. With anticipation growing, fans and contestants alike are eager to see who will leave their mark on these final weeks of the season.